Rotary Offers Peace Studies Fellowship

The Rotary Foundation is now accepting applications for the world-competitive Rotary Peace Fellowship. The fellowship provides academic and practical training to prepare scholars for leadership roles in solving conflicts around the world.

Up to 110 fellows are selected every year in a globally competitive process based on personal, academic and professional achievements. Fellows earn a master’s-level degree or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of six Rotary Peace Centers at leading universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Japan, the United States and Thailand.

The master’s degree option entails 15-24 months of Rotary-funded graduate study toward a master’s degree at one of five Rotary Centers. Students will receive training in the root causes of conflict, theories of international relations and effective models of cooperation, conflict resolution and negotiation including coursework and applied field experience. They will be exposed to a growing network of committed alumni employed around the world in diplomacy, government, non-governmental organizations and private corporations.

The professional certificate option included a three-month professional development certificate program designed specifically for candidates already working in the field of peace and conflict studies to further their understanding of conflict resolution. Fellows will receive theoretical foundational knowledge during eight weeks in the classroom and practical experience during two to three week on-site fieldwork.

Both programs require a bachelor’s degree in a related field, three years of relevant work experience and proficiency in a second language for the master’s program and five years for the professional development certificate and proficiency in English.

The 2013 Academic term deadline is July 1. Applications are available at

All Rotary Peace Fellowship applications need the endorsement of applicants’ local Rotary district. Applicants can find their nearest local Rotary Club by using the Club Locator tool on the Rotary International website at